Movie Review – There Will Be Blood

Posted: June 16, 2013 in Movie Reviews
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There Will Be Blood is one of the most acclaimed films made by an American Director of late. P.T. Anderson shot to fame with this one and made the whole world believe that American directors can still churn out brilliant stuffs. This movie is almost in top ten lists of every critic but still Boogie Nights remains to be my favorite film of P.T. Anderson. A film only he could have made. Something which can be said about every film of his.


Honestly speaking I didn’t understand the movie but I can’t shove it away saying that it’s a bad movie. And just it’s there in every top critic great movies list I can’t say it’s a masterpiece. May be a second view would help but I’m not sure. Let’s keep aside my surety. This film marks the greatness of P.T. Anderson because he’s so sure of what he’s doing. I could sense the optimism of him in each and every scene, in each and every frame and that’s the main reason why I can’t ignore this film. But its one film even if I didn’t understand doesn’t push me into depression like how Tarkovsky or Bela Tarr does. Films of these geniuses are never meant to be fully understood. P.T. Anderson is a genius in his own way but is not like Tarkovsky where we should disintegrate the film layer by layer and understand. For P.T. Anderson there even though there is some subtlety in the subject but even if it takes time I’m sure that one could completely understand what he’s trying to say.

To handle a story of this magnitude you need an actor who understands what the director is trying. Daniel Day-Lewis fits the bill just brilliantly. He delivers a performance of lifetime who is a workaholic in dire need of acquiring wealth and a burn out who doesn’t know what went wrong in his life. In all these stages he excels. The sadness that he brings to his character during the later period is so real that we are afraid of what he’s going to do next. And there is his son who is as adamant as his father who does nothing but irritates him even further. Like father like son.

A regular motif which keeps appearing throughout the movies is blood. The movie’s violence is not excessive but whenever it happens it is right there on your face. Daniel Plainview (Day-Lewis) is a mineral prospector who finds oil and knows that it’s going to be the future. He’s willing to lose any amount of blood, not only his, to attain is goal of being prosperous. More than that being the king in what he’s doing. He wants the ultimate sense of satisfaction which no one could get in his lifetime. He strives for it and how?

We dig a hole in his live and see whole story of Plainview. The most brilliant thing about the movie is how his mannerism and attitude remains intact but his anger supersedes everything as he ages. Many movies have this flaw of changing a characters personality when he/she grows old. We don’t see that here. We see the same power obsessed Plainview who fades from being optimistic to atrocious. At one point of the time when he achieves what he’s set to, he destroys himself completely. When he’s not satisfied with destroying himself he starts destroying others lives too which he has no right to.

The most confusing part is the climax and its one of a kind. What happens to a guy who has achieved enough wealth to live forever without working? He only goes mad thinking that he can’t live forever. He wants to give it back to Eli who humiliated in public. He gives it back with such vengeance which makes us unsure whether his anger was only on him or all the anger which he has is vent out through this killing. But Plainview is certainly not a guy who’s going to spend the rest of his life in a prison. Even though he says that he’s finished it’s only for the day. He’s destined to be successful but never happy.


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